Saturday, August 18, 2012
Once again it's the time of the year for EKKA!
9-18 August 2012
What is EKKA anyway?
The Ekka is the annual agricultural show of Queensland, Australia. Its formal title is the Royal Queensland Show. It was originally called the Brisbane Exhibition, however it is usually shortened to Ekka.
The significance of the event was described by locals as the most important event since Queensland's separation from New South Wales in 1859.
What's at the EKKA?
The best of Queensland with more than 10,000 animals, 23,000 competition entries, a smorgasbord of award-winning food and wine and hours of free family entertainment.
Celebrating the 135th show this year, the Ekka is full of traditions, a unique atmosphere and childhood memories which have been passed down through generations of families. It's a true Queensland experience and one not to be missed.
It's Ekka time - and that means it's time to get psyched for the thrill rides! Strap yourself in for the latest stomach-churning rides and loads of your old favourites too.
It's a wave swinger on steroids! Soaring into 35 metres of blue sky, this is one smooth ride, with the added bonus of a spectacular view over the carnival area and showground.
Challenge yourself with the ultimate high speed thrill. Pulling 6.5Gs - which is fighter pilot stuff - this turbocharged ride twists you upside down and inside out, all at lightning speed.
Hollywood Horrors live experience. Relive some of the scariet moments in Hollywood movies as you meet the characters and walk through the scenes.
Dagwood dogs and fairy floss
Nothing complements at day at Ekka like dagwood dogs or fairy floss. Vendors across the site sell these classics, as well as everyday snacks such as chips and soft drinks.
On average more than 145,000 sundaes are sold each year with profits helping fund research to find cures and save lives.
The production process is traditional and hands on, incorporating authentic ingredients such as cream, couverture chocolate, seasonal fresh fruit and spices.
Approximately 13 tonnes of strawberries are used to make the Ekka Strawberry Sundaes each year. The Ekka Strawberry Sundae is mouth-watering top to bottom, from the crunchy wafer cone to the smooth vanilla ice-cream, sweet chopped strawberries, delicious gourmet ice-cream, swirls of fresh cream and topped off with a tasty fresh Queensland strawberry.
Fresh, hot smoked salmon and sensational oysters await you in the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion. Oysters are served natural, kilpatrick or mornay. Local ocean king prawns are also available.
Farriers & Blacksmiths
Blacksmiths creating objects from wrought iron or steel using tools to hammer bend and cut. Farriers specialist in equine hoof care - trimming and balancing of horses hooves and placing shoes on their hooves
Kids love making friends with the animals at Ekka, and there are so many animals to meet this year. About 10,000 animals visit Ekka, including 2,500 dogs, 300 cats, 200 fish, 150 alpacas, and 2,500 cattle.For more than 130 years,
Ekka has been a place for families create fun-filled memories as their kids interact with the animals. Cuddle a lamb, watch a chicken hatch, feed a calf, or milk a cow - there are lots of ways for your young ones to get involved with nature's young ones.
Learn how to milk a cow at the Dairy Farmers Milking Barn! This exhibit is always popular with Ekka visitors: get involved with live milking, butter and cream-making demonstrations throughout the day.
Beef cattle farmers are a cornerstone of Ekka's long history and it's a relationship that continues to thrive. At this year's Ekka, farmers will share their stories and their knowledge of raising beef cattle.
The Farmer Rob Show
Join Farmer Rob and Sunny the Sunflower as they teach Kelly the simple steps to growing things on their farm. This all singing, all dancing show appeals to all ages, and parents and children alike will leave the show humming the catchy tunes.
It's time to meet 18 breeds of horse at this year's Horse Breeds Expo. You can find Appaloosas, adorable giant Clydesdales, and US national breed, the Morgan Horse, which is noted for its courage and stylish appearance.
Which breed of puppy has the most waggly tail?
You'll need to visit the Puppy Pavilion to find out! Breeds on display include terriers, spaniels, beagles, dachshunds, cattle dogs, Alaskan malamutes, bulldogs, poodles, golden retrievers, and lots more.
SHOWS & PERFORMANCES
Toyota Unbreakable HiLux Heroes
Renowned precision driving team, the Toyota Unbreakable HiLux Heroes will take to the main arena with their high adrenalin driving demonstration, performing awe-inspiring driving manoeuvres and spectacular stunts. The Toyota Unbreakable HiLux Heroes are an Ekka favourite and never fail to impress the crowds.
Watch in amazement as the ShowTime FMX team jump more than 25 metres and perform tricks such as the grab, cliff hanger and back flip. Performing at the show for the past 13 years, the riders always pull out something special at Ekka.
watch video here
EXHIBITIONS AND COMPETITIONS
Fill your pantry with gorgeous treats, smoked smallgoods, and classic condiments. Relish the flavours of chocolate and fudge cupcakes, and sample gorgeous cheeses and pates. There's something magic to tempt every taste bud at this year's Ekka.
Infant - FREE
Child - $16
Adult - $26
Concession - $20
Ekka After Dark (5pm) - $16
Seniors - $16
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